Look Back, Leap Forward: Building Your Church on the Values of the Past

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What happened to the tried and true ideas that worked so well before?" "Why isn't our church attracting new members?" "Should we target our worship services to believers or to the unchurched?" To keep pace with rapid changes in the twenty-first century, pastors and leaders are being forced to take a close look at the programs and ministries of their churches.

According to church growth specialist Gary L. McIntosh, effective long-range planning should always involve careful ...

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Overview

What happened to the tried and true ideas that worked so well before?" "Why isn't our church attracting new members?" "Should we target our worship services to believers or to the unchurched?" To keep pace with rapid changes in the twenty-first century, pastors and leaders are being forced to take a close look at the programs and ministries of their churches.

According to church growth specialist Gary L. McIntosh, effective long-range planning should always involve careful examination of the church's basic mission. He reveals how studying core values from the past will encourage the development of creative vision for the future. McIntosh offers simple, usable methods to stop the trend of declining effectiveness in the church, including

In Look Back, Leap Forward we are introduced to Wendy, the chairperson of her church's vision planning team, and we learn along with her how to build a cutting edge ministry on the values of the past.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780801091124
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
1 The Best Future 9
2 Look Both Ways 17
3 St. John's Syndrome: The Plateauing Church 25
4 Team Together: For the Present and the Future 35
5 What We Do: Mission 49
6 What We Believe: Values 61
7 What We See: Vision 75
8 What We Achieve: Goals 89
9 Overcome Obstacles 103
10 Put It Together 121
Postscript 137
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